Harry Hill launches rival to The X Factor 2011

The comedian is offering a contract, £5,000 in musical equipment and £20 of his own money

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Simon Cowell will almost certainly be panicking at the news that Harry Hill is to launch a rival to The X Factor… on the internet, with a much smaller prize, and very little razzamatazz.

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Harry’s Music offers solo artists and bands the chance to win a record deal, be “manged” by the comedian, have a video made and receive £5,000 in musical equipment – he’s even investing £20 of his own money! OK, it’s not quite up to the sort of package Syco put together for Leona Lewis – but with The X Factor’s ratings on the slide, who knows what the 2013 champ might walk away with?

Harry said: “I want to see what Britain has in the way of bands and new
artists. I’m giving away a record deal with £20 invested.

“I’ll be choosing Harry’s Protege and guiding them as they take a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be put firmly in the spotlight.”

The You’ve Been Framed and TV Burp presenter wants hopefuls to send a one-minute video of their music to his website. Harry himself will choose the winner and almost certainly launch the biggest new act of 2012…

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“It’s going to be fun, and maybe even slightly emotional,” added Hill.